Want to store your items in a responsible, sustainable, green storage facility. Here is what you should consider.
When choosing a storage facility for your items, one of the smartest choices you can make is choosing a green facility. What does it mean to be a green storage facility?
Location: Choose a storage facility near an urban center, assuming you live in an urban area. This will provide you with more car and truck sharing opportunities, as well as mass transit options. Urban facilities also tend to favor vertical development, and pack in more square-footage of storage space over a smaller foot print. Many of us are familiar with the problems of sprawl, and single story, drive up access to individual storage units have a much greater environmental impact than higher density multi-story storage buildings.
Building repurpose: Find a storage company that has given new life to a warehouse. Retrofitting of warehouses has a far smaller carbon footprint than new construction of facilities with its new inputs of steel, wood and concrete. Turn of the century warehouses were designed and constructed to handle very heavy p.s.f. floor loads, making them ideal for self storage conversion.
Energy use: Find a storage company that utilizes the solar potential of its roof top. Solar will help offset energy use, such as elevators, humidity control and heating. You’ll want to really consider whether or not to use climate control. You will save a lot of money on your monthly storage bill, and you’ll save a lot of energy use that would just go to keeping your items cool. It’s more important to consider relative humidity that a building maintains. Several simple measures can even prevent humidity issues, such as how you pack you storage unit or the use of mattress and furniture covers.